Local NHS helps 6,000 smokers to quit

New figures reveal that more than 6,000 people from Nottinghamshire successfully quit smoking last year thanks to support from their local NHS.

NHS Nottinghamshire County has over-achieved its stop smoking target by 8% for 2010/11; helping 6,080 smokers to quit. This equates to 16 people every day kicking the habit.

It is the fifth successive year that the organisation has exceeded the target.

Smoking is still the single biggest cause of preventable death in the country and aside from the obvious health benefits; there are many other social and financial reasons for quitting.

Lynn Robinson, tobacco lead for NHS Nottinghamshire County said: ”Stopping smoking is the single most helpful thing you can do to improve your health and the health of those around you.

“It’s an impressive achievement that we helped more than 6,000 Nottinghamshire people to go smokefree last year. Quitting is not easy, but we offer flexible advice and support to help every step of the way”.

Research shows people are four times more likely to succeed with professional support than willpower alone.

Free support is offered in a variety of ways including from your GP, pharmacist and the New Leaf, Nottinghamshire’s Stop Smoking Service. Those who join New Leaf are encouraged to set a quit date and given a choice of one-to-one, group, telephone or text support.

Vouchers for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) are also available to help people kick the habit, with gum and patches combating nicotine cravings. This service is free of charge for those who do not pay prescription charges. For those who do, it costs £7.40 for a 12-week course.

New Leaf stop smoking service is a free NHS service offering practical help, support and advice for people who want to stop smoking. It can be contacted by phone free of charge on 0800 389 7712 or by texting QUIT to 0782 528 1133.